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What Tennessee drivers should know about auto accidents

Statistics can be sobering: In the state of Tennessee, over 300,000 automobile accidents occur each year, killing an average of nearly 1,000 people annually. In Rutherford County alone, over forty drivers are involved in accidents each day. These accidents can range from single-car rollover accidents to multi-vehicle chain reaction collisions, and can be caused by factors ranging from heavy rain to drunk driving.

In the aftermath of an automobile accident, many Murfreesboro residents find themselves addressing issues ranging from minor injuries and property damage to the death of a loved one, and wondering whether they have any basis to file a complaint for damages against the driver that they believe caused the accident. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, our experienced Murfreesboro auto accident attorney is committed to fighting for the rights of people injured or killed in car accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.

What safety duties must I observe when I drive?

Studies of auto accidents have identified many of the driver actions which can cause accidents, whether they are single car accidents in which a car leaves the road, strikes an object, or hits a pedestrian, bicycle or animal, or multiple car accidents ranging from sideswipes to head-on collisions:

  • Distracted driving. In recent years, accidents caused by the use of cellphones—particularly texting—and GPS devices have risen steadily, although drivers can also be distracted by eating, smoking, rubbernecking, and even interacting with other passengers while driving.

  • Reckless or careless driving. This can range from speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes to street racing and road rage. Transporting cargo in an unsafe manner, or failing to properly maintain a vehicle, can also cause accidents.

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drowsiness also causes accidents.

  • Driver error. Drivers without the intention to drive carelessly or recklessly can still make serious mistakes and cause major accidents. These mistakes can range from failing to use a turn signal to running a red light. Operator inexperience is often a factor.

A significant number of accidents, however, cannot be attributed to a particular action taken, or errors made, by a driver. These types of accidents can involve rapidly changing weather conditions, poorly designed roads, or defective auto parts. Also—crashes involving deer occur much more frequently in Rutherford County than in most other Tennessee counties.

If an accident wasn’t my fault, am I entitled to damages?

Given this variety of possible factors which can cause an auto accident, determination of driver liability then depends upon the particular circumstances of the accident. Tennessee recognizes four levels of fault in civil actions:

  • Negligence—This is a common finding in most automobile accidents, occurring when it is determined that while a driver’s mistake caused the accident, the mistake was not made due to a willful disregard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.

  • Recklessness—One step beyond negligence, this occurs when a driver either knew or should have known that actions taken behind the wheel were likely to cause harm.

  • Intentional misconduct—this is when a driver intends to cause harm to another driver using his or her vehicle. This can also be found when an auto parts manufacturer knowingly sells a defective auto part

  • Strict liability—Manufacturers of defective auto parts are always considered liable for accidents caused by those parts, regardless of whether they had any actual knowledge of the danger created by these defects. These defects can range from seat belts and child safety seats to tire failure, faulty door handles or poorly designed roofs.

In addition, Tennessee is considered a comparative fault state, which can allow a judge or jury to find that the separate actions of more than one driver each contributed to causing the accident, and to assign a percentage of responsibility to each driver. This percentage is then used to offset a damage judgment. For example, if a person suffering $1,000 in damages in an accident is determined to be 25% at fault in the accident, the driver 75% responsible would only be required to pay $750 in damages.

We hold negligent drivers responsible for the injuries they cause

Tennessee law provides that an injured person has only one year following an accident to file a claim in court. Because of this, and because determination of fault can be complicated, is often heavily fact-dependent, and often contested by other drivers involved in an accident, it is important that any injured Tennessee driver consult with a knowledgeable auto accident attorney as soon as possible following the accident. The skilled Murfreesboro auto accident attorney at the Law Office of David L. Scott is ready to help you today.  For a free consultation, we urge you to email us, or call us today at (615) -896-7658.




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Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Woodbury, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet and other communities in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Cannon County, Bedford County, Davidson County, Wilson County and Coffee County.


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